Legal

Ask a Lawyer and Get Answers to Your Legal Questions

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Legal
This answer was rated:

My son was fined (April 19) several thousand dollars and had

his driver's license revoked (while...
My son was fined (April 19) several thousand dollars and had his driver's license revoked (while unemployed) for driving a truck that (he didn't know) was uninsured. He was driving it to aid his son's bellicose step father move some items, in Clearlake. He can't pay, because he's unemployed. Losing his license imposes a further obstacle to employment (and payment). I suspect the penalty is excessive and designed to grow further fees, from late payment. I'm filing a complaint via Commission on Judicial Performance. I suspect a pattern of excessive penalties persists. We all know the government avoids hard work of fighting hard crime and prefers to punish humble people with extreme fees for petty deeds like this, which is why citizens distrust government. Can I demand a STOP PAYMENT period while instigating an investigation into patterns of punishment imposed by the Clearlake court?
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Legal Question
Answered in 5 hours by:
5/14/2013
Lucy, Esq.
Lucy, Esq., Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 30,589
Experience: Lawyer
Verified
Hi,

My name is XXXXX XXXXX I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.

Unfortunately, no, you cannot demand any sort of stop payment period, because you are not the name on the ticket. Your son can request additional time to pay by calling the court and trying to negotiate with them. Many courthouses have payment plans that allow people to make payments over a set period of time. However, there is no law that allows him to insist that they not collect payment while he looks into a dispute.

If he were to file an appeal of the judge's decision, he could then file a Motion to Stay pending appeal. Just keep in mind that it's not automatic. Here is more information:
http://www.courts.ca.gov/10013.htm

If you have any questions or concerns about what I've written, please reply so that I may address them. It's important to me that you are 100% satisfied with the service I provide. Otherwise, please rate my service positively so that I get credit for answering your question. Thank you.
Ask Your Own Legal Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

I called the Court and they won't negotiate a payment plan. My wife and I have withdrawn our meager savings to pay this penalty. But I intend to do everything legal, political and newsworthy to shine a light on the bullying tactics of the Clearlake Court. What can I do to initiate an investigation into their punitive practices? I suspect a pattern is evident: that extreme fees are imposed on simple people for petty infractions. Meanwhile, crime runs rampant in Clearlake, as elsewhere, while police hassle the most humble people, and avoid genuine civic service. There must be a way to bring the weight of higher authority down on the Clearlake Court.

These days, the best way to force a community to investigate something like this is public pressure. Inform the media, do an online petition, start a Facebook campaign. People live their whole lives on the internet, and it's a great way to reach hundreds of thousands of people. You may want to start with the city council or the local newspaper, but online petitions can also help.
Ask Your Own Legal Question
Customer reply replied 4 years ago

I found that in the State of California I can initiate a Complaint About A California Judge, Court Commissioner or Referee. Thus, the gist of my concerns was answered by my own on-line research. Your notes on social media are general answers that I am aware of, but may have little value in the rural (under-educated) context of Clearlake, where internet access is relatively limited. The issue of non-payment during my complaint period was also answered by my call to the Clearlake Courthouse. For these reasons, I think it's fair to say your legal advise was rudimentary and generic rather than connected specifically to the legal framework within which I can work here. I'm sorry to say that I don't believe I received $40 worth of legal counsel.

I'm sorry you feel that way.

I did not mention that you can file a complaint against a judge or provide you with the forms because you already said that you were doing that. It would have been redundant and suggested that I had not read your question. I answered your question, which was about stopping payment while the complaint was pending. You then asked about bringing public attention to this issue. A judicial complaint isn't going to get the type of public outrage you're looking for. The media will.

I answered the exact questions that you asked, which is what we do here. We work on the honor system, and I receive no compensation for my time when customers do not pay me for the work that I performed. I have no ability to control what research you do on your own or what questions you have that are not stated. I can only answer the questions that you ask.
Lucy, Esq.
Lucy, Esq., Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 30,589
Experience: Lawyer
Verified
Lucy, Esq. and 87 other Legal Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask Lucy, Esq. Your Own Question
Lucy, Esq.
Lucy, Esq.
Lucy, Esq., Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 30,589
30,589 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Lawyer

Lucy, Esq. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it.

LeeMichigan

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Tina

Tina

Lawyer

8,775 satisfied customers

JD, BBA Over 25 years legal and business experience.

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

24,218 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

INFOLAWYER

INFOLAWYER

Attorney

20,218 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney helping individuals and businesses

JPEsq

JPEsq

Attorney

2,132 satisfied customers

Experience as general attorney, in house counsel, SSDI, Family Law attorney, and law professor

Law Educator, Esq.

Law Educator, Esq.

Attorney

41,455 satisfied customers

JA Mentor -Attorney Labor/employment, corporate, sports law, admiralty/maritime and civil rights law

Ellen

Ellen

Lawyer, Consultant

8,238 satisfied customers

25 years of experience helping people like you.

Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq.

Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq.

Attorney

287 satisfied customers

7+ years of experience handling various legal matters.

< Previous | Next >

Related Legal Questions
What is the legal age to drive a big Motor Coach Bus? I
What is the legal age to drive a big Motor Coach Bus? I heard to legally drive one you have to be at least 26 years of age. … read more
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Juris Doctorate
1,302 satisfied customers
While driving a rental car and an animal jumped into the
Hi While driving a rental car and an animal jumped into the road out of nowhere . It was dark and I didnt have time to stop. As a result I damaged my car .I used my insursnce (since I didnt purchase t… read more
RobertJDFL
RobertJDFL
Attorney
Juris Doctorate
5 satisfied customers
On Halloween, my son was driving home,pulled into the middle
Good morning! on Halloween, my son was driving home,pulled into the middle lane to turn left after leaving a gas station, he was waiting for traffic to clear but saw a kid in a truck across the street… read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
41,455 satisfied customers
To start off. Yesterday evening I was driving along a
Hi, to start off my name is***** evening I was driving along a residential street where I was distracted with my cellular device when I hit the door of a truck whose door suddenly opened. I immediatel… read more
LawGuy
LawGuy
Juris Doctor
123 satisfied customers
Illinois - ticket for driving in Illinois with License. I
Second opinion] Illinois - ticket for driving in Illinois with washington License . I have a washington state license with validity until 2020 . I moved to chicago and got a tciket for driving with Wa… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
30,190 satisfied customers
My sister was driving while intoxicated and rear ended
My sister was driving while intoxicated and rear ended someone who reported her. There were minor injuries. She was so intoxicated she didn't realize she hit someone. She has spoken with the insurance… read more
Olivia Kent
Olivia Kent
Managing Partner
Law (J.D.) and Medicine (M.D.)
1,421 satisfied customers
This is in LOUISIANA A vehicle is driving in the right lane
This is in LOUISIANA A vehicle is driving in the right lane of a four lane (two each direction) state highway. He suddenly stops, and reverses direction of his vehicle. While he is backing up the vehi… read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
41,455 satisfied customers
I have a pending driving on suspended license charge. The
Good morning. I have a pending driving on suspended license charge. The arresting officer is deceased. Can I plead not guilty and have the case dropped? … read more
Olivia Kent
Olivia Kent
Managing Partner
Law (J.D.) and Medicine (M.D.)
1,421 satisfied customers
Can i drive in the pennsylvania without supervision to and
can i drive in the pennsylvania without supervision to and from work … read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
5,882 satisfied customers
I got a ticket in NYC "in violation of 3752A4" for drive the
Good morning, I got a ticket in NYC "in violation of 3752A4" for drive the car without fron license plate. Is this any points I will get by play guilty and what is better play guilty or not?… read more
LawGuy
LawGuy
Juris Doctor
123 satisfied customers
In November I am driving myself and two colleagues to
In November I am driving myself and two colleagues to another city in a hire car paid for my company. The car is to be dropped off and picked up from my home address with a full tank of fuel. Because … read more
Olivia Kent
Olivia Kent
Managing Partner
Law (J.D.) and Medicine (M.D.)
1,421 satisfied customers
I was involved in an accident while driving a rental
I was involved in an accident while driving a rental vehicle. They're asking me to pay for the damages. However, I do not have the money for the insurance deductible. Do they typically sue in court? I… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
30,190 satisfied customers
As a professional driving instructor is it legal for me to
As a professional driving instructor is it legal for me to tape my on road lessons where I am one on one with a student driver for my own protection … read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
10,163 satisfied customers
I was driving to work this morning and, at a stop sign, I
I was driving to work this morning and, at a stop sign, I pulled forward and bumped the car in front of me. We pulled over to the side of the road and got out. We inspected the damage and there was ju… read more
INFOLAWYER
INFOLAWYER
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
20,218 satisfied customers
In the state of Nevada are there any rules about driving
In the state of Nevada are there any rules about driving with an abdominal aneurysm. This is a bulge in a blood vessel and it could pop at any time and cause instant death. I am asking because this is… read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
5,882 satisfied customers
Got pull over last night driving to it was a drive and they
got pull over last night driving to it was a long drive and they though id been drinking. passed but found alittle weed I the time they want me in court i leave for work. cant i just pay the fine … read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
27,443 satisfied customers
My accident for driving with a suspended license was
Hi my accident for driving with a suspended license was dismissed why do I need to fill out an sr1 for the DMV if the case is dismissed … read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
5,882 satisfied customers
Is a remote control car legal to drive in the state of
Is a remote control car legal to drive in the state of California in a neighborhood … read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
41,455 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x